Derby County are eyeing up a move for Brighton and Hove Albion goalkeeper Christian Walton.

The 23-year-old is currently on loan at Championship side Wigan Athletic but the Rams see him as an ideal long-term option, as per a report by HITC Sport.

Walton also spent last season on loan at Wigan and played a key part in their title winning campaign under Paul Cook. He re-joined the Latics last summer and has since played 26 games this season.

The story so far…

He started his career at Plymouth Argyle before signing for Brighton in 2013. He has played four times for the Seagulls since joining them but has spent most of his time out on loan to gain first-team experience.

Walton’s first loan spells came in the 2015/16 season where he spent the first half of the campaign at Bury before returning to Plymouth for the remainder. He then had separate spells at Luton Town and Southend United last season before he was snapped up by Wigan in 2017.

He has also represented England at Under-19, Under-20 and Under-21 level so is seen as a promising talent. Brighton may still see him as a long-term option so any potential departure for him in the summer may be on loan again, though Derby are apparently prepared to sign him permanently.

Wait until the summer..

It is still unknown what league Frank Lampard’s side will be in next season so this will impact upon Walton’s chances of a move to Pride Park.

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